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“Conflicts cause deaths and injuries. They also disrupt the social, political and economic organization of societies, aggravate disparities and erode development. In protracted conflicts, the persistence of such disruption often leaves indelible marks on people and societies.

Climate risks and environmental degradation only make matters worse. The convergence of climate risks and conflict further worsens food and economic insecurity and health disparities, limits access to essential services, while weakening the capacity of governments, institutions and societies to provide support.

“The impact of this overlap is not only wide-ranging; it is also far-reaching. Ripple effects can shape mobility, patterns of transhumance [livestock migration] or access to resources on a continental scale.” (When Rain Turn into Dust, ICRC, 2020)

The Climate Centre is supporting the ICRC and expanding its work to address the humanitarian impacts of climate change to include situations of conflict, as well as investing further on advancing research on this topic.

for more information contact Catalina Jaime (jaime@climatecentre.org)

Climate and Conflict: Regional and Country Factsheets
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Climate and Conflict: Regional and Country Factsheets

This series of climate factsheets for conflicts affected by armed conflict, presents key information about current climate in each country. The factsheets include projections, policy and climate related impacts across sectors such as Water and Habitat, Economic, Security, Protection, health and policy. These factsheets have been supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

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Current projects

  1. ICRC cooperation
  2. World Bank, diagnosing drivers of climate and environmental fragility in Burundi’s communes, climate and conflict risks
  3. National Societies, anticipatory action in situations of conflict.

Anticipation Hub

Climate change and weather related disasters are already affecting risks globally. People in areas of conflict are often particularly vulnerable to changing threats, as well as shocks and stresses.

The anticipatory action approach has largely been developed to prevent or mitigate the impact of hydrometeorological hazards in peacetime, but there is a clear need to further explore the value of anticipatory action in conflict settings.

New Publication

Climate and Conflict: Country and Regional Factsheets

This series of climate factsheets for conflicts affected by armed conflict presents key information about current climate in each country. It is detailing projections, policy and climate related impacts across sectors such as Water and Habitat, Economic, Security, Protection, health and policy. These factsheets have been supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The series also include regional factsheets.

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Climate and Conflict: Country and Regional Factsheets
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